TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2021: WHAT AM I DOING TODAY?

Good afternoon and thank you for being on your best behavior while Ms. Antonacci is out at a yearbook conference today! 🙂

Please see your assignments for the day below.

  1. Complete your Lit. Term Tuesday log, using the link here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sIearweG96dyYbo4CsVUPMOk5VmwoTwc/view?usp=sharing
  2. Get out your poems from yesterday, as well as your “Poetry Comparison/Contrast Graphic Organizer.”
  3. Using your annotations, respond to the questions in the “Categories” column. Per the directions, please make sure all of your responses are in complete sentences! This sheet is front and back.
  4. You will complete one column for Hughes’s “I, Too” and the second column for Alvarez’s “I, Too, Sing America.” Please analyze each poem one at a time (do all boxes for Hughes, then all boxes for Alvarez, rather than switching back and forth).
  5. See my example below for “Audience” for Alvarez’s poem. You may use this for your chart if you wish, but please make sure your responses are as thorough as mine below.
Categories“I, Too, Sing America” by Julia Alvarez
Audience: Who is the speaker speaking to? How do you know?In “I, Too, Sing America,” the speaker is speaking directly to Spanish-speaking Americans. This is evident in her use of “Spanglish,” a mix of both Spanish and English words.

Tips for each:

  • Setting: Remember that setting is both time and place!
  • Speaker: What can we infer about the speaker? The poet is NOT always the speaker, so please do not use Langston Hughes or Julia Alvarez for your chart. Using the clues from the poem, how can we describe the speaker?
  • Audience: Who is the poet writing this for? Who needs to hear this?
  • Tone: Use your Lit. Term Tuesday notes from last week! Put yourself in the shoes of the speaker — what attitude does he or she exhibit, and how? Use examples from the text.
  • Poetic Techniques: Look for figurative language here. Consider the structure of the poem, any similes or metaphors, use of imagery, and the allusions to Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing.” What does this figurative language add to the poem?
  • Theme: Arguably the most important! As a result of reading this poem, what do the poets want the audience to think, do, understand, or believe? What is the message or lesson here?

6. Once you are finished, please scroll down for instructions on how to sign up for USA Test Prep. Add yourself to our class and complete your assignment for this week.

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